CNN reports seven officers were shot and three are feared dead

By Stephanie Petit
July 17, 2016 12:15 PM

Officials confirmed in a press conference on Sunday that three law enforcement officers have died and three others were injured in a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that cops received a call of “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle.” The suspect opened fire when police arrived on the scene. The Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office confirmed in a press conference that one suspect had been shot and killed by police but that they believe there is more than one suspect involved. They are currently investigating the shooting and searching for possible other suspects.

Before the Baton Rouge Sheriff confirmed the number of dead, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden told CNN that “three police officers are feared dead” and seven were shot.

An official said the victims were from Baton Rouge Police Department as well as East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to CNN

“The scene seems to be contained right now,” said Sgt. Don Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department around 10 a.m. “We’re asking everyone to stay out of the area.”

Both lanes of Airline Highway are shut down, Hicks said.

Baton Rouge police officers have been the target of multiple threats since the death of Alton Sterling during an altercation with two cops earlier this month.

This story is developing.

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